[Dental focus examination: a proposal for a more nuanced approach].

Nederlands tijdschrift voor tandheelkunde

PubMedID: 24159749

Gortzak RA, Baart JA, Allard RH, van der Waal I. [Dental focus examination: a proposal for a more nuanced approach]. Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 2013;120(9):440-4.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons and hospital dentists are often requested to perform a dental focus examination in patients (to be) admitted in a hospital and for whom the state of their teeth is of importance for a medical treatment or situation. The main reasons for a dental focus examination include unexplained fever, heart surgery, chemotherapy, organ or artificial joint transplants, use of oral or intravenous bisphosphonates and radiotherapy of the head and neck. In daily practice, there is a need for a clear algorithm which is easy to apply for the diagnosis and treatment of dentalfoci for the various medical indications. The medical conditions described above have in common that subclinical infections can lead to complications under exceptional conditions. The influence and the nature of the development ofa dental infection varies in each of the situations mentioned. This has consequences for the need to eliminate dentalfoci. The diagnosis and treatment of dental foci in relation to various medical situations therefore requires a nuanced approach.